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Frank Benson 18 Acre Oceanfront Farmhouse Tennis Estate

Bedrooms 7
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, 7 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 13)

NOTE: AUGUST 25 WEEK OPEN FOR FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS! Historic center chimney Federal farmhouse owned by a famous American painter, Frank W. Benson, ('The Captain's House' guest cottage for four people is available for rent separately for $2500 a week), an incredibly well constructed post & beam barn set up and used as an art studio and a gorgeous clay tennis court. This secluded, charming waterfront property takes your breath away. From your rooms, watch sailboats and lobster boats cross Penobscot Bay. 5-BR farmhouse sleeps ten and 2-BR Captain's House sleeps 4. Enjoy beautiful sunsets, a deep water granite pier/ramp & float system with 530' waterfront and a boathouse on the thoroughfare, play on a gorgeous clay tennis court with views of the water on both sides, ride bicycles, collect mussels, crabs, wildflowers or wild raspberries, stroll or walk in peaceful serenity with nature, paint, draw or take photos.

Keywords: 1795 farmhouse with guest cottage, ocean pier/ramp & float system, boathouse, beautiful tennis court with water views on both sides, post & beam barn used by Frank Benson, famous American painter.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter Allen
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Peter Allen

My family has summered on North Haven since 1914. My grandfather was a sculpter and knew Frank Benson, the owner of Wooster Farm from 1905 to 1951. I grew up playing tennis on the clay court.

Peter Allen purchased this farmhouse in 2011

Why Peter Allen chose North Haven

As a tribute to Frank Benson and to my father and grandfather, I bought Wooster Farm in 2011 and have renovated it and preserved it in its original condition and have opened it up to thousands of art lovers who have enjoyed seeing where Mr. Benson painted and etched.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Wooster Farm is an enchanted place where people make happy memories; there have been a lot of weddings and dances in the Barn and families have had fun playing on the tennis court and baseball in the front lawn and walking the pristine beaches nearby.


North Haven Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Two king size beds and 6 single beds in main house; queen and 2 singles in cottage
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Frank Benson 18 Acre Oceanfront Farmhouse Tennis Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Fell in love with Benson Farm six years ago and keep going back!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve been going to the Benson Farm for the month of August for the past six years – we went on a whim the first year, fell in love with the place and keep going back. Actually, not only did we fall in love but so has our extended family (grandparents, aunts/uncles and cousins) who never miss a chance to come visit us while we are there! You could not ask for a more idyllic corner of the world to relax and enjoy your summer days. The house sits on an expansive property on a small peninsula so you enjoy views of the water from both the East and the West. You wake up in the upstairs bedrooms to the sun rising over the water and you watch the sun set over the Camden Hills on the other side in the evening. We spend most of our time outside – whether playing on the tennis court, jumping into the water off the dock, walking on the beach, biking around the island, playing ping pong or board games in the barn, playing all sorts of sports on the front lawn, or just sitting in the grass or on the porch and enjoying the sun and the beautiful views. Our three children (who are now 13, 11 and 8) love the freedom of being able to bike the three miles to the grocery store and playground/basketball court or the six miles to town to get ice cream or look around the gift shop – it’s a very kid-friendly place. The house is large and there is room for a number of people to stay so it’s a great place for families to get together. We eat, talk, laugh and relax. In fact, from the moment the ferry leaves Rockland to cross over Penobscot Bay to North Haven, you feel the stress melting away. I actually took pictures of various views from the house and put them in my office to try to maintain my North Haven summer zen throughout the year! It’s really a gorgeous spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chantal and her family have been ideal guests for many years. They are always happy and active or peaceful and content as they enjoy the natural beauty of the property. It has been a wonderful place for their children to grow up just as it was for my father, myself and my children. North Haven allows us to live freely and happily under the watchful sun, moon and stars, listening to the constant melodic sounds of the birds, wind and waves.
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You can't beat Wooster Farm

  • 5 of 5

In late June, my three generation family of 15 will return to Wooster Farm for a week for the fifth time. The place is idyllic. Views to the west of the Camden Hills and to the east of the Fox Island Thorofare are picturesque. North Haven is a terrific place to get away from it all and live simply surrounded by natural beauty. Days are spent jogging, riding bikes, playing tennis, exploring beaches, and just plain relaxing. Our grandchildren spend many happy hours playing under or in the old apple tree. Evenings we play cards and board games. Our favorite activity is exploring the waters and islands around North Haven. We favor Brimstone Island located about five miles south of Vinal Haven. It's uninhabited and has an amazing shingle beach and a hill with great views of Penobscot Bay. In short, Wooster Farm is a true piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is wonderful having Ned and Janet and their extended families come each year. They love walking the pristine beaches, collecting shells and other "gifts from the sea" and gathering for family time away from the rest of the world. I cherish their longevity at the place as their ancestors have been at the house since 1905. It is for families like their's that I so enjoy stewarding this magical and timeless home on the waters of the Penobscot Bay.
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  • 5 of 5

WOW..... I don't have enough words to describe how beautiful this house is. The property is spectacular the views of the water sensational. It is a piece of paradise. Not to meniton the history and that beautiful barn........My family have many many memories.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It has been a joy to have Chris and his wonderful family staying at Wooster Farm for the last five years. They stay five weeks every summer and live a full island life there including boating, seashore walking, tennis on our clay court, ball playing, bicycle riding and of course lobster eating. We plan on having them for years to come.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
rockland maine
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
nebo lodge
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
state ferry service
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
north haven golf
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
route 1
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
nebo lodge
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
wooster cove
Car: necessary

Gorgeous private clay tennis court on property surrounded by water on both sides. Paint/draw/take photos; the barn was used by Frank Benson to paint his famous oils of his daughters. Community center with movies, plays & lectures, gift stores, library.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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